Indiana-based artist Tasha Lewis transforms the Conservatory’s gallery with thousands of magnetic cyanotype butterflies printed on cotton fabric. Her blue butterflies hover in mid-air and seem to swarm the space, blurring the connection between the natural and artificial worlds.
Grand Lake St. Marys in western Ohio is the state’s largest inland lake. It’s a state park that for years has been a popular tourist destination. But farm runoff has polluted the waters. Now there’s an algae bloom that’s the worst in the lake’s history. Tourism is drying up and some local people are irritated by what they believe is inaction by state officials.
Schoolchildren’s artwork on classroom walls is, by tradition, part of the fabric of the American learning experience. It’s good for self-esteem. But is it safe? In some schools in the Olentangy Local School District just north of Columbus, artwork on the wall has been severely restricted because of local enforcement of the state fire code.
Americans are celebrating the life of Doctor Martin Luther King Junior, the civil rights leader whose followers brought tremendous change to the South. One of the places were Doctor King labored was Birmingham, Alabama, a city whose fabric included fire hoses, police dogs and Bull Connor. In the first in a series of recollections by Ohioans, a Birmingham native recalls what it was like growing up during the struggle for civil rights.